Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails
Planning and conservation
Natural areas, parks and trails
Planning parks and trails
Regional trails and greenways
› Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails
A committee of civic, business and elected leaders gathered at Metro to think big about regional trails. Read their recommendations for investing in and planning our transportation systems to maximize mobility, livability and community.
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The case for new thinking about transportation infrastructure
Our region needs new ideas to meet our transportation infrastructure needs. The integrated mobility strategy that the Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails recommended to the Metro Council – and the region – is an exciting and powerful new idea that addresses congestion, climate change, fuel costs and the current lack of funding for traditional transportation projects.
Relatively small investments in trails and other connections for bikes and pedestrians could put us on a path to a new kind of transportation network that is earth and community friendly – and that is financially feasible.
Review the case statement the committee presented to the Metro Council in November 2008 and learn more about the next steps this group of leaders has recommended for the region below. Download the case statement
Committee charge from the Metro Council
- Evaluate the regional trails system and its benefits.
- Determine if the current level of investment in regional trails is commensurate with expected benefits.
- Identify important regional values in developing the system.
- Propose funding and policy changes necessary to achieve the regional system.
Download committee member biographies (40K Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Meeting agendas, materials and minutes
The Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails met for six months from May through October 2008. Download meeting agendas, materials and minutes below.
May 5, 2008
June 2, 2008
July 7, 2008
Aug. 4, 2008
Sept. 15, 2008
Nov. 10, 2008
The case for an integrated mobility strategy (Blue Ribbon Committee final report)
1.6M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published November 15, 2008
Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails bios
34K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published June 10, 2008
Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails meeting dates
52K MS Word | Published June 11, 2008
Connecting Green Summer Trail Tours
115K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published June 11, 2008
RTC case statement
16.9M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 3, 2008
Trail benefits summary
88K MS Word | Published July 7, 2008
Back on bicycles by Mary Kitsch, July 20, 2008 Oregonian Opinion
157K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 22, 2008
Connecting.the.(green).dots by Johnathan Nicholas, July 20, 2008 Oregonian Editorial
401K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 22, 2008
Making room on the road by Jeff Mapes, July 20, 2008 Oregonian
2.1M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 22, 2008
The case for an active transportation strategy, Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails final report
1.6M Adobe Acrobat PDF